Professor of Theology
Director of United Methodist Studies. Florida Dunnam Campus

Expertise:

  • Wesleyan Studies
  • Historical Theology
  • Methodist Women’s Studies
  • Christian Spirituality & Discipleship

Education:  

  • Ph.D., Duke University
  • Post-graduate studies, University of Bristol
  • M.Div., Duke Divinity School
  • B.A., Valparaiso University 

Dr. Paul W. Chilcote is Professor of Theology on the Florida Dunnam Campus. He joined the Asbury faculty originally to help launch the Florida campus in 1999 and served as Dean from 2001 to 2003. Previously, he was a charter faculty member in the launch of the first United Methodist institution of higher learning in Africa, Africa University of Zimbabwe. He has been engaged in theological education on three continents.
 
Dr. Chilcote is the author or editor of nearly twenty-five books, including Recapturing the Wesleys’ Vision, John and Charles Wesley, Making Disciples in a World Parish, Praying in the Wesleyan Spirit, Early Methodist Spirituality, Her Own Story, The Study of Evangelism, and She Offered Them Christ. He has received awards for two publications. The Works of John Wesley, vol. 13, co-edited with Ken Collins, received the Smith/Wynkoop Award of the Wesleyan Theological Society as the outstanding scholarly contribution to Wesleyan/Holiness scholarship in 2016. In 2017 he received the coveted Saddlebag Award of the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church for A Faith That Sings: Biblical Themes in the Lyrical Theology of Charles Wesley.  

He served for eight years as President of The Charles Wesley Society and two years as President of The Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education. He currently co-chairs the World Methodist Council/Baptist World Alliance Bilateral Dialogue and has been involved in other formal ecumenical conversations. He is a board member of quite a number of organizations, including Christians for Biblical Equality, International, which honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Dr. Chilcote has been invited to deliver a number of lectures around the world, including the Inaugural Earl Robinson Memorial Lectures at William Booth College in Winnipeg, the Hugh Price Hughes Lecture in London, the Wallace Chappell Lecture in Evangelism, and the Inaugural Van Bogard Dunn Memorial Lectures.

Dr. Chilcote is an Elder in The United Methodist Church and served two churches in Indiana before moving into theological education. His wife, Janet, serves as pastor of Orange City United Methodist Church. They have five daughters and five grandchildren. Dr. Chilcote loves spending time with his family more than anything else, but also enjoys all forms of choral music.